Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has this interesting take on the League One promotion race after Sunderland loss

Ipswich Town dropped out of the League One play-off places following the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland – but Paul Lambert believes it may suit his side to be the ‘hunters rather than the hunted’.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 11:45 am

A fine Chris Maguire strike nine minutes from time separated the two promotion-chasing sides at the Stadium of Light.

Lambert wasn’t too deflated and says the pressure is now on the sides in the top six of the division.

Lambert said: “Now we become the hunters rather than the hunted for the first time.

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Sunderland beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

“Sometimes that can help you - the pressure is kind of off in that respect.

"Now we have to go on a run. It's not like the Premier League where certain teams are so far ahead and it looks as though no-one will ever catch Liverpool.

"If we keep playing like that then we'll certainly win more games than we lose.

"Let's see if the other teams can handle being in that top six. There is still a hell of a long way to go. We have to start to win."

Reflecting on the loss, Lambert said: “I thought we were excellent first half.

“We should have been a couple up and that would have given us a foothold in the game. We got into really great areas to really hurt them but it never materialised.

“Sunderland came back strongly in the second, which you expect. You've got to give them credit. They were never going to let us play 90 minutes like that, no chance.”